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My new Deck.

Project by Karson posted 07-31-2008 05:45 AM 2337 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted me to add on to a deck that was between the screened-in porch and the solarium. It was at ground level. The deck that I built was about 6” higher. The blog series is here on the construction of the deck

It has been used daily it seems for eating on. We use it more than the screened porch, except for the brutal hot days or the rainy days.

I made a small planting area on one side that now houses tomato plants and a few Zucchini plants.

The deck is placed on floating blocks that sit on the ground.. It is not attached to the ground in any way.

The lights were bought when I lived in St. Louis and they were placed in service when St Louis got rid of Gas Lights. Then were taken out of service when they went with high pressure Sodium lights in the late 1960’s I bought them from someone who had about 50 of them or so. I’ve carried them through three moves and never broke them, not did I ever install them. When my wife requested pole lights I remember these and we agreed that they would be the lights of choice. Spun Aluminum top, Glass Globe and cast Bronze base.

I had to make the internals for holding the bulb. The bulb is a compact fluorescent about 40 watts.

The outer edge of the desk is curved. My 20 ft clamps for taking the bow out of the wood.

The benches are curved to to match the ends.

With the lights lit. They are controlled with an electric eye for automatically coming on at dark. But I also installed a switch for turning them off, because they do shine in the bedroon window.

The planter box is curved to fit the end curve and is continued around the side.

-- Retired in Delaware



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SteveKorz

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posted 07-31-2008 09:26 PM

Very well done Karson! Very nice!

-- --Steve

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jroot

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posted 07-31-2008 11:03 PM

Nicely done, Karson. I particularly like how you restored those lamps. Good ingenius work.

-- jroot

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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posted 08-01-2008 01:32 AM

Great craftsmanship, & design.

A beautiful one of a kind deck.

All original from the ground up.

-- ** Dick, & Barb Cain *************** http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/Chipncut

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Napaman

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posted 08-05-2008 08:16 AM

i really like the added planters…just saw that!!

-- Matt

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tenontim

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posted 08-08-2008 01:35 AM

This was quite a project, Karson. It really turned out great. I know you’ll be enjoying it for years to come.

-- Tim

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PaBull

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posted 08-08-2008 05:48 PM

Congrads, you did it, you won, and I believe you deserve it too!

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MRTRIM

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posted 08-16-2008 05:28 PM

great job on the deck karson ! congrats on the contest also !

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dennis

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posted 08-17-2008 06:49 PM

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